Special Post: Top 10 Horror Movies of 2005

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The year 2005 gave us some of the best horror films of last decade, including 6 that made my Top 100 Horror Movies of the Decade posts.

10. 2001 Maniacs

– The pseudo-remake/sequel of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Two Thousand Maniacs!, 2001 Maniacs was one of my favorite horror films to come out during the year of 2005, and for obvious reasons. The storyline is an awesome one that follows the overall plot of the original in which unsuspecting Northerners are lured to a wayward Southern town for a Centennial celebration in which they will not only join the festivities, but BE the festivities as well. The gore reins high and the cheese reaches supreme levels, making for possibly the silliest but one of the most enjoyable films on this list, a true beer-n-wings flick.  Read my full review for this film here: 2001 Maniacs

9. Wolf Creek

– Aussie director Greg McLean made a name for himself with this gritty backwoods killer flick, giving us a cool story that despite cliches managed to provide one hell of a high-intensity watch thanks to superb execution and a great performance from John Jarratt as the film’s enjoyable killer/antagonist. This is one of those films that is as simple as they come, but gives us heavy amounts of horror.  Read my full review for this film here: Wolf Creek

8. Antibodies

Antibodies makes this list as the only foreign language film in the top 10, and also one of the most lesser-known entries overall. This serial killer flick gives us great visuals and a cool story with a strong mystery element following an officer still suffering over his failure to solve a long-time case whose culprit constantly slipped from his grasp. Possibly more thriller than horror, Antibodies still manages to give us a good element of horror via a serial killer coming off as foreigncountry’s Hannibal Lecter, with this film also coming off as their The Silence of the Lambs.  Read my full review for this film here: Antibodies

7. The Exorcism of Emily Rose

– While the film is great overall, the biggest reason why this flick made this ranking is due to it giving us something that we basically never receive in the genre, and in awesome fashion. Coming off as the horror genre meets Law & Order, we get a great adaptation of a true story (based in Germany) that brings plenty of chills and demon possession scenes sure to please fans of supernatural horror (such as myself). Director Scott Derrickson did a great job bringing this excellent screenplay to life, making for one of the most unique horror films of the decade due to its heavy legal aspect, and good horror as well.  Read my full review for this film here: The Exorcism of Emily Rose

6. Constantine

Constantine was one of those few big-budget Hollywood efforts that managed to not screw things up and instead give us a positive experience. Based on the popular Hellblazer novels from the late 80s, we are given the sweet story following Keanu Reeves as a paranormal investigator fighting to keep the warring forces of Heaven and Hell at bay to warrant himself admission to Heaven someday. Director Francis Lawrence provides us with great visuals and plenty of action-packed sequences to keep viewers at bay during this long two-hour watch, and also makes for one of the “coolest” films on this list.  Read my full review for this film here: Constantine

5. Land of the Dead

– After giving us his pinnacle genre films Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead, Romero took a break from zombies and gave us a few good pieces, but horror fans were elated in 2005 when he returned to the sub-genre he popularized with Land of the Dead. Ultimately marking the begin of Romero’s “decline” from greatness, Land of the Dead still made for a fun and enjoyable horror effort thanks to a cool storyline and a slew of favorable characters cheezilly executed from a horror master.  Read my full review for this film here: Land of the Dead

4. The Devil’s Rejects

– It was always known that Rob Zombie is a huge fan of the horror genre (as if White Zombie didn’t give that away), and while House of 1,000 Corpses received love/hate attention, The Devil’s Rejects was Zombie’s exploitation opus and the only film of his to truly deliver on all levels. Our three lovable characters return for this insane sequel, delivering even more psychotic antics and doing so with the most bloodshed and mayhem possible, making for one of the best exploitation films of recent day.  Read my full review for this film here: The Devil’s Rejects

3. Saw II

– Writer and co-Saw creator Leigh Whannel had his hands full in writing this sequel to one of the genre’s most popular films of recent day, and he did so with the excellence portrayed in nearly all of the films he has penned. This story continues the Saw template but with more at stake, giving us a truly tense and terrifying watch only made further awesome by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw III, Saw IV, Repo: The Genetic Opera) in his debut directing effort. Bousman was incredible in selling this great storyline, employing numerous creative tactics to keep your heart racing throughout the most of the film and especially its third act, which once again leaves us bewildered and thinking “how the HELL did they do that?”.  Read my full review for this film here: Saw II

2. Feast

– My favorite entry on this list and one of my favorites of last decade, Feast came in at a VERY close second place, only falling to the no. 1 because it took a much more serious approach to the horror, which always simply makes for more horror. Nonetheless, Feast takes off fast and never relents throughout 90 minutes of high-octane horror carnage. A simple story taking place in one location, John Gulager really had to work some magic to get this film to deliver good results, and he did just that with an awesome storyline bleeding numerous groovy qualities, and his directing execution was fantastic in delivering high intensity and plenty of gory goodness to go with it.  Read my full review for this film here: Feast

1. The Descent

– Neil Marshall’s sophomore effort following the brilliant Dog Soldiers, The Descent rounds off this list of 2005 horror epicness with such an insane horror experience that I really should not have to explain this one, but I’ll do it anyway because this one really deserves it. As if giving us a slew of protagonists stuck in an unmapped underground cave system with an even larger slew of bloodthirsty maniacal creatures, he upped the ante and creativity by giving us an all-female cast – a genius idea that exposed us to some sexy ladies doing some very unladylike things to survive the terrible ordeal they found themselves in. With buckets and buckets of gore, tons of creature action, and insanely awesome kill sequences, The Descent made up for its long developmental first half and made for an experience we the viewers will never forget, and that is why it reached this heralded spot.  Read my full review for this film here: The Descent

Honorable Mentions

(Close But Not Good Enough)

The Skeleton Key

The Skeleton Key surprised due to it giving me a really enjoyable experience with a PG-13 rating, but good direction made it very much possible and it showed with this one. The atmosphere is great and this taking place in the Louisiana swampland added to the eeriness involved, and along with the storyline’s hoodoo element we are given a sweet supernatural tale that managed to be one of the biggest surprises of the year.  Read my full review for this film here: The Skeleton Key

Doom

Doom is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine, but I stand by the enjoyment this film brings to the horror genre. Many of us stayed up many late nights and experienced good horror from the popular video game series, so it was only fitting that we give this film adaptation a chance, and despite heavy cheese (which I personally did not mind) I found this flick to be a very enjoyable one for horror fans. We get great creature action, plenty of ass-kicking, and an interesting storyline as well that is sure to engage those unfamiliar with the video games.  Read my full review for this film here: Doom

Noroi: The Curse

Noroi: The Curse is the only documentary-esque piece on this list, and the only Japanese film as well. Japan’s stronghold on horror has subsided in recent years, but they still gave us good horror back in 2005 – and Noroi: The Curse is a prime example. Following a journalist who believes there to be a connection between odd paranormal events taking place in his city, he documents these events and learns the connection is much more sinister than he imagined – an ancient demon known as “kagutaba”. The atmosphere is superb and director Koji Shiraishi uses the POV filming to his full advantage in this creepy experience.  Read my full review for this film here: Noroi: The Curse

The Call of Cthulhu

– This is the only “short” film on this list, running in at 45 minutes, and a very worthwhile 45 minutes at that. Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s most popular tale, this black and white silent film is executed so perfectly that it actually comes off as it were filmed in the time of Caligari. If you are not into these films then this may not be for you, but it sure is an interesting way to experience old-time horror in this modern day – AND this movie is great too.  Read my full review for this film here: The Call of Cthulhu

House of Wax

– This is another horror film that really surprised me. A modern day remake of a classic film usually spells disaster, and when you throw in teeny stars from crappy shows then the concoction only becomes worse, but that really was not the case here. Great direction from an upcoming director (at the time, now he’s a pro), Jaume Collet-Serra(Orphan), made this a worthwhile experience with great atmosphere, sweet kills, and good execution of the horror overall. The film takes time before it gets going (it runs nearly two hours in length), but once the horror kicks in we get a fun ride that rounds out this year of horror.  Read my full review for this film here: House of Wax

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